So, our neighborhood block party was yesterday, and Little Miss Brave Girl did really well. As part of the festivities they have a local fire truck and police car pay a visit and the kids get to climb all over and play the sirens etc. You can imagine my enthusiasm when they parked the cop car directly in front of our house and began the fun.
HT was outside with the kids and I was inside, making popcorn (we're adding corn back to the diet this week!) to bring outside. As I headed out the front door, I did a double take, Riley was in the police car, full sirens blaring. Smiling. Not covering her ears, not clinging to Todd in a panic.
At one point she had three little girls in our house, watching the new computer activities she's currently jazzed about. She had some minor social issues, getting bent out of shape when one girl who'd been playing with her decided to do something else. She ruminated that her new friend must not like her anymore and no amount of reassurance could convince her otherwise. But that was the end of the day, and she was tired.
Overall it was a very good experience.
* Visit http://www.starfall.com/ for the free computer activities Riley is into these days. They are great for the elementary school set.